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Faksa, Lindell to Square Off in Quarterfinals at World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars prospects Radek Faksa and Esa Lindell will move on to the playoff round at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden, and face each other in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Lindell and Finland lost, 4-3, in a shootout to Switzerland on Tuesday, but the point in the game secured Finland second place in Group B with a 2-1-1 record.

Lindell had one assist, three shots on goal and a minus-one rating. He was among the shooters for Finland in the shootout, but missed the net on his attempt. The 19-year-old defenseman has three points (one goal, two assists) in four preliminary round games.

Faksa and the Czech Republic defeated Slovakia, 4-1, Tuesday to finish third in Group A with a 2-2 record. Faksa had no points, one shot and an even rating in the game. He won 12 of 17 faceoffs. The 19-year-old center had no points in four preliminary round games.

In Tuesday’s other games, Canada defeated the United States, 3-2, to win Group A. Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored goals 2:19 apart early in the third period to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 lead for Canada, which held on for the victory. The Canadians will play Switzerland in the quarterfinal s. Sweden defeated Russia, 3-2, to win Group B and will play Slovakia in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The United States and Russia will meet in the other quarterfinals matchup.

Tuesday’s results

Czech Republic 4, Slovakia 1
Sweden 3, Russia 2
Canada 3, USA 2
Switzerland 4, Finland 3 (SO)

Thursday’s playoff games

United States vs. Russia, 5 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Finland vs. Czech Republic, 7:30 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Canada vs. Switzerland, 10 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Sweden vs, Slovakia, 12:30 p.m. (NHL Network-US)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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